I usually start with the food, but I figure since most of you are probably more interested in the writing vs. whatever I’m shoving down my gullet, you’d be better served if I rearranged things. 🙂
This week saw me averaging a little over 1,400 words a day. I started out focusing on my novel but spent the past couple of days working purely on what turned out to be a 4,200 word short story–one that was assigned on Friday afternoon and due Sunday at noon.
Talk about being pushed. It was both nerve-wracking and thrilling. This is for a five-day workshop I’m taking on writing short stories based on series characters. I don’t have a series (yet) so I’ve been working with characters developed in my 52 Stories In 52 Weeks experiment. I’m awaiting feedback, but I turned it in this morning with four hours to spare.
With the initial short story I’d turned in for this workshop, I had three weeks to finish it. It didn’t receive very good marks. I thought it was going to be well-received and when I read the feedback email, I have to say, it was quite a blow.
After I tossed and turned that night and re-read the email the next morning, I pulled the story back up and saw that I’d failed in exactly the way the instructor noted.
Once again, the ego loves to subtly sneak in. Even after telling myself several times that the story would have problems, an unconscious part of me really believed I’d done a bang-up job of it.
Nope. I failed and I failed in such a beginner’s way. I’d completely forgotten to dive deep into the setting at the beginning and it was talking heads until page three.
For shame. 🙂
But I will do what all writers should do: Accept the lesson and carry it with me into the next story. You better believe that for a long while, I will be triple-checking that my story openings have plenty of setting depth.
In fact, I’ll be applying that lesson right away–I was just assigned a new story as I’m writing this on Sunday evening, due Tuesday at noon. 🙂
Okay, on to at least something I could swallow this weekend that didn’t give me heartburn:
This week’s recipe–Shrimp Po’ Boys–came from an America’s Test Kitchen cookbook my wife received for Christmas. The only online link I could find appears to require membership to view. Sorry…
I’ve always loved
These came out fantastic! Honestly, my wife and I weren’t expecting much because the flavors weren’t far out, but everything came together in a symphony of taste.
I hope you had a productive week! Expect a new post this week in my Learning How to Learn Fiction series.